There is literally nothing unhinged members of Congress can't connect to Benghazi in some wild-eyed way. As hard as this may be to believe, this even includes Syrian refugees.
TPM reported yesterday on an amazing exchange at a congressional hearing.
Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck on Thursday blamed the President's handling of the 2011 terrorist attack in Benghazi for Americans' distrust of Syrian refugees today.
In a back-and-forth with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez, Buck argued that no one should be surprised Americans are deeply concerned about refugees considering the way Obama handled the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks.
Initially, I took this to mean that Buck was conflating terrorists in Libya and refugees from Syria, but that's not it.
Rather, the Colorado Republican was endorsing far-right Benghazi conspiracy theories, which leads him to believe the White House covered up some imaginary scandal, which then leads him to believe Americans don't trust the administration, which then leads Buck to believe Benghazi is indirectly responsible for creating public hostility towards refugees from an entirely different country.
"It is a result of this administration’s lack of credibility that has caused the fear and panic among many of the Americans in this country," Buck said, as if Republican demagoguery is unrelated to irrational public anxiety.